Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Good Start is Key to Josh Freeman's Season

By Andrew Fisher
Josh Freeman
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While some reporters keep asking about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ starting quarterback situation, the reality is that there is no situation at all. Josh Freeman is the signal caller in Tampa and anyone saying something to the contrary, is just sorely mistaken.

The Bucs did invite some speculation, however, when they selected QB Mike Glennon in the third round of this year’s draft. While I believe that it is the Bucs’ intention to stick with Freeman long-term, they still had to go out and get an insurance policy. That’s all Glennon is, at least for 2013.

The other side of this story is the fact that Freeman’s contract is expiring at the end of season, and the Bucs have opted not to renew it until the year is over. This again raised questions, but it was simply the right move for business. So if fans can just put all of that back story aside, they’ll see that this year is just like the last four – Freeman is going to lead his team to as many victories as he can.

There’s no question that the fifth-year QB is on the proverbial hot seat, and that he has to put this team in position to make the playoffs. Going 7-9 or 8-8, likely won’t be enough. Tampa’s schedule sets up fairly nicely in 2013, but it won’t matter if they don’t get off to a good start.

Freeman, specifically, has to get off to a hot start. If he doesn’t, doubt will be placed in the fan base from the get-go, and there’s a good chance it will impact the QB’s confidence the rest of the way. The Bucs start the season @NYJ, vs. NO, @NE and vs. AZ. These four games lead into a week five bye, and at that point, Tampa should have a pretty good idea where their season is heading.

Freeman is 24-32 as a starter, and maintaining that kind of record just won’t be enough to save his job with the Buccaneers. A hot 3-1 start would do wonders for his 2013 campaign.


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